Data in­cluded So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son Kieran Ni­chol­son: 303-954-1822, kni­chol­son@den­ver­post.com or @kier­an­ni­chol­son

A lapse in se­cu­rity at the Colorado Ju­di­cial De­part­ment led to in­for­ma­tion about ju­rors, in­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, be­ing ex­posed on the in­ter­net for about a year.

A per­son in Alaska con­tacted the state court ad­min­is­tra­tor’s of­fice on July 27 to alert of­fi­cials about the po­ten­tial for mas­sive identity theft, ac­cord­ing to the Ju­di­cial De­part­ment.

Files con­tain­ing 620,945 names with cor­re­spond­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers and dates of birth were ex­posed on the de­part­ment’s in­ter­nal in­tranet. A smaller num­ber — 41,140 — was ex­posed ex­ter­nally, avail­able to any­one on the in­ter­net.

The ex­ter­nally ex­posed jury files were from the fol­low­ing counties: Crow­ley (2,260), Pue­blo (15,001), Rio Grande (8,878) and Weld (15,001).

The in­for­ma­tion had been ex­posed since Au­gust 2016. Af­ter be­ing alerted, the ad­min­is­tra­tor’s of­fice tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment quickly — within 90 min­utes — shut down in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ac­cess to all jury files on the de­part­ment’s in­tranet.

“The in­for­ma­tion ex­posed was not the re­sult of a ma­li­cious at­tack at­tempt­ing to ac­cess Colorado Ju­di­cial files,” a Ju­di­cial De­part­ment news re­lease said. “Rather, the in­for­ma­tion was in­ad­ver­tently ex­posed.”

Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual on the list of those ex­posed, in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally, will be no­ti­fied by state of­fi­cials about the se­cu­rity lapse. No­ti­fi­ca­tions will in­clude ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment on “how to mon­i­tor their in­di­vid­ual credit in­for­ma­tion.”

Of­fi­cials are aware of only three in­di­vid­u­als “ac­cess­ing” the data. There are no in­di­ca­tions that ex­posed in­for­ma­tion had been down­loaded in bulk, stolen or used il­le­gally.

Wor­ried about the breach?

Peo­ple with concerns or ques­tions are asked to send an email to ju­ry­data@ju­di­cial.state.co.us.

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